The purpose of Public Health systems is to prevent disease, making it essential to each of our lives and life in society. Diseases can be prevented or treated with timely access to appropriate and affordable medication, vaccines, and other health services. However, access to health information is still far from being universal, as are the resources for preventing and treating diseases.
According to a report from the World Bank and the World Health Organization, at least half of the world’s population does not have access to basic and essential health services.
(WHO and The World Bank, “Tracking universal health coverage: 2017 global monitoring report.”).
Inequitable access to healthcare is a world crisis. The spread of the Covid-19 virus that the world now faces is a serious new threat to each of our lives and the life of all communities.
How will the most vulnerable communities survive this global pandemic?
What will happen to the communities that don’t have access to information about the virus, preventive resources or basic hygiene and sanitation, and even less to medical care?
More than ever, it is urgent to support scientific research and promote education projects focused on prevention, and guarantee access to hygiene and sanitation, protective equipment, and healthcare. We need to make sure that all of us are given conditions to stay healthy so that we can continue to live, learn, work and care for those who need us.